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Days Out In Bourne
As I'm sure you can imagine, here at It's Funtime Bourne, we get lots of part days to fill for the kids. Think lots
of early deliveries (pre midday) then lot of later collections (6-8pm) we always like to try to do something for our own kids in the break in-between. Nowhere fits the bill quite like Grimsthope castle. Only 5 miles out of Bourne it is a huge stately home open to the public complete with massive gardens and the best adventure playground around!
Open Sundays to Thursdays from 10:30am though Spring, Summer and Autumn there's no better place to while away a sunny summers afternoon. You can even hold a party here, we have done several jobs at Girmesthorpe Castle where the hosts have held a barbecue, hired a bouncy castle and garden games and the kids have endless space to run around. Or why not put up a gazebo and hire some fabulous soft play to amuse the little ones?
Visiting Inside The Castle
A visit to the castle is something you should consider doing at least once. On weekdays you will be given a guided tour that lasts around one hour. On Sundays you can stroll through the castle at your own pace. The Castle collection includes tapestries, furniture, ceramics and paintings.
Young children will love the adventure playground with good seating arrangements for the bigger kids too! There are miles of traffic-free trails in the park. Its a great place for cycling, in fact this is where our boys learnt to ride their bikes. With miles and miles of paved cycle paths to explore with no traffic nearby and a
few hills to give them a push start on , it's just perfect! At the end of the day, ice cream is always a welcome treat that can be found into the gift shop which also stocks a lovely selection of toys, books and lots of great gift ideas.
Here's what a few visitors are saying about Grimsthorpe Castle on Trip advisor:
"We had a fantastic time here and I can't believe more people don't visit or know about it. Wonderful gardens, both formal and woodland, an adventure playground, a lovely cafe and gift shop, well-kept toilets. The castle itself is more of a stately home, a bit like Belton House kind of style. The guides are so knowledgeable and tell you about stuff but not too much (I hate it when you can't get away). They also don't intrude if you don't want them to, but I learnt so much from them and it was genuinely interesting. Loads of picnic spots and it's great for kids. The season ticket is excellent value too."
"This was an absolute delight! Beautiful, well-maintained house, formal gardens and parkland. Friendly staff throughout the property, and the house guides were knowledgeable and keen to share lots of interesting stories.
Lovely cafe with vegan and veggie options, with both indoor and courtyard seating.
Great dog-walking in the park (not house or formal gardens) and nice touches like bowls of water outside the cafe for them to have a drink.
Nice gift shop with nice souvenirs.
And the house was simply beautiful!
We thought we’d be there a couple of hours, but ended up staying most of the day.
We were so impressed that we upgraded to season tickets... we will definitely be back.
So don't just take our word for it, next time you have a day off, do yourself a favour and take the kids to Grimsthorpe Castle, I'm sure you'll have a great time!